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August 2018

Cole Stevens has been setting the pace for the SAGDB this year

Cole on a roll

Seventeen year old Cole Stevens has been a leading light in the SA Golf Development Board (SAGDB) this year. The youngster from Parkview Golf Club, who is part of the GolfRSA men's national squad, has firmly established himself as one of the country's job juniors with a string of outstanding performances.

Cole kicked-started his year with a fourth-place finish at the Nomads National Order of Merit Coastal tournament at Royal Durban Golf Club in January. In a field that included many of the country's leading juniors, Cole put together rounds of 74, 73 and 74 in extremely testing conditions. At times the wind was gusting at 40km per hour.

He was once again in the mix at the Nomads SA Boys Under-19 Stroke Play Championship at Woodhill Country Club in April. There Cole carded rounds of 69, 70, 69 and 68 to finish in a tie for second place, just one shot off the lead.

He repeated the dose at the Nomads SA Boys Under-17 Championship in Mpumalanga in July. After opening with two 69s, Cole started the final round just one shot off the pace. He gave himself a good chance at the title too by moving past the overnight leaders, but he couldn't match the blistering 8-under par 64 shot by the eventual winner. He eventually signed for a final round 70 to finish second, two shots back.

These performances have moved Cole up in to the top 10 on the country's junior order of merit, where he is currently lying sixth. He is also second on the Central Gauteng junior rankings.